Well I suppose this can be a bit of a follow-up from next gen. Kenny asked us, the new Crossfire leaders, to go to his place for a meeting regarding the youth group. The new leaders are: me, Jess Y, Jess L, Natalie S, and Eva H. Eva was in HK so she didn’t come. Jess can and drove me and Nat to Kenny’s house; I really need to get my P’s on that note T.T” Getting there.
Kenny seemed to be having a playgroup there or something; like his sister came over with her three children and when we came in there were 5 small bodies just crawling all over the floor haha. We had a Korean-style lunch, I can’t really describe because I’m not really acquainted with Korean-style cooking. The lunch was nice, Jess L made Korean pancakes, out of Chinese ingredients, and lunch was good.
In the afternoon we looked over a chapter in a book about youth ministry; sort of similar to what we’d do on the nights we have “Training in Ministry” or whatever Kenny wants to call it. And then we went around discussing our experience, what our expectations are and also what we think needs to be changed. I don’t think we got very far because the primary concern we discussed was the punctuality of everyone. We don’t have enough time to run a program if everyone shows up say 15 minutes late. We’re meant to start at 9:30am and go till 11:00am, that’s 1.5 hours; but if everyone turns late then we end up 15-30 minutes late and then we’ll only have 1 hour or so for a youth group, that’s obviously not enough time. And with our Chinese congregation moving over to Cherrybrook Primary, as a new venue, we will probably have to make more adjustments to the time.
Me and Nat still say to change our youth groups to run on Friday nights, when everyone else is having their youth group. That way we can actually compete with them for times 😛 But anyway that’s what we’ve only discussed so far, more to come next week I guess. Oh but then I’m not allowed to divulge our plans because they’ll all be surprises 😛
CBS Summer Edition #2
Okay later at night, we were invited by UNSW students to attend a monthly talk at their Christian group; I guess it’d be good to see how the Christian group there is running. Me and Charlie managed to gather up a party of 6, with a 7th person to show up later. So let’s get on with it.
Came home at like 3pm so I had 2 hours before going out again; the CBS talk was at 7:30pm and also featured Carl Matthei, one of the speakers from next gen but was only there for the 1st week so we didn’t see him personally. Caught the train at 5:16pm to Epping, got off and saw: Matt, Tim, Sophia and Jess Q (that’s 3 Jess’’ for the day haha!) We chatted about our jobs (if we had one) and how we were faring in them. Shame to Matt and Sophia, who are only earning a maximum of $15 and $13 respectively per hour at their tutoring centres, which are funnily enough like two doors apart. Jess is clearly dominating with her 10+ hours a week at $30 for piano. That’s rich I can tell you, over $20K salary.
We met Charlie at Central, who somehow is always there really early and at the least gets there before us, we were early too. We decided to go out for dinner, rather than opt for the dinner at UNSW for $10 provided by CBS (Campus Bible Study). Tim said he heard about a good Japanese restaurant, called Ramen-kan, opposite Entertainment Centre. The hard bit was getting up there via the lift, which seemed unstable. It was us 6, plus two random adults, and the capacity according to the lift is 8 people or 612 Kg, that’s about 45 Kg per person, and since we had 8 adult-sized people, things didn’t look good. But we survived haha, thought the lift would be the end of us all.
Despite the dodgy lift, Ramen-kan was quite a nice-looking restaurant. It was well decorated and the furniture and stuff was nice. They seemed to be full but luckily they had a large empty space exactly for 6 people, we were in luck. I ordered ramen because I’ve been so ramen-deprived these months, Matt ordered a crab and corn ramen, everyone else was Udon or rice.
It was then that we realized that trying to walk to a restaurant from Central, eat and then walk back in 45 minutes was a near impossible task so we were going to run late. The food came out after a while and it looked great. In fact I was really impressed with their food; for once it’s actually worth paying, my $10.90 spicy ramen was definitely worth it; haven’t tasted anything so good since Tokyo Ramen in Hornsby Westfield. So I was contempt for the night! Everyone else ate their food; Tim and Sophia didn’t finish their rice dishes, Tim said he was full and Sophia said (while eating with one arm under the table, what the?! o.0”) that her rice was too hot. SO both of them didn’t finish and sort of just threw it out, what a waste T.T”
We walked back to Eddy Ave to catch the bus and came across Chris, forgot last name, who is also from Ruse. So our party of 7 waited at the bus stop for the bus, which came nearly 20 minutes later. But the time we got on we were already maybe 15 minutes late, estimating to arrive 30 minutes late. And here’s where our calamity begins:
About 5 minutes from UNSW (did it have to be so close to our destination?) the bus stops at a bus stop but doesn’t continue moving on as normal. Some guy who was already on the bus was holding it up, telling the driver not to go. We didn’t know what was going until 10 minutes later it seemed he was looking for his bag, which he suddenly lost; he was searching the seats and everything. He must’ve held the bus up thinking if anyone had stolen his bag, the thief would still be nearby. Although, after 10 minutes walking from the bus stop; I’m sure the thief would’ve gotten away, idiot.
And over the next 5 minutes after that (15 minutes now), people started getting off, opting to walk rather than wait for the idiot man to “find his bag”. We were considering this too, but it would be a minimum 20 minute walk. Actually there this man with a soft voice who overheard that we were heading to UNSW so he politely asked if this was so, and then gave us information that it;’d still be 5 minutes and about 5 more stops. He also told us that it’d be a 20-minute walk if we had gotten off the bus at that point; he was a nice ,man and I was glad for his advice; which does reinforce the kindness of strangers in the city.
But as for the other man, oh no, he kept holding up the bus, wouldn’t let it go, asking everyone if they had seen his bag. People starting getting annoyed, at a 15 minute hold up you bet your ass you’d get mad! One woman was extremely annoyed and started yelling at him to just forget about his bag, and for the bus driver to keep moving. and then also to kick that retard off the bus for holding it up. The man countered with: “I have $40 worth of stuff in that bag.” Oh geez! Can this man not earn more than $40 an hour? Pretty crap pay if so.
Okay background check up now. He later then said that he’d been sleeping on the bus, and when he woke up like a short while before the bus came to the stop we were stuck at, he noticed his bag was missing. So okay that’s why he started causing a ruckus so recently; which means a thief probably hadn’t taken his bag at this stop, and there’d be no reason to stop the damn bus. If his bag was still on the bus, it’s not going anywhere even if the bus moves. If it’s not on the bus, it’s long gone. No reason to stop the bus either way.
The woman started more pissed, he started yelling at the man saying that everyone is tired and just wants to get him and that he should “piss off!” So the man replied: “No, you piss off!” Wow, what a pathetic idiot. And I thought it was going to come to blows rather soon and for a moment we were afraid of being caught in something bad on the bus, oh well. Nothing happened thank God and after 20 minutes, we decided to get off the bus while he called the police; the bus wasn’t going to move.
We walked for 5 minutes, obviously not getting anywhere, we were really late then, nearly an hour. And after 5 minutes of walking, the same bus pulls up next to us and the driver honked at us to get back on; very kind of him too =) So we got back on and that asshole was still there; but this he got off when we got on and just called the police from the kerb there. We were finally rid of him as the bus pulled away from that idiot and we sped off towards UNSW.
By the time we got there we were an hour late and even then we still took another 10 minutes to find the lecture hall where everyone was. When we finally got in, we were so late that people looked at us funny and we only managed to hear the last 10 minutes of Carl’s talk. Not the best evening Christian-wise haha! We joined everyone for ice-blocks from Home Ice-Cream afterwards and chatted to people we saw from next gen, and also this Ruse graduate called Andrew, Gan/Dan, who apparently was discipled by our Kenny, funny that. And that was our evening. We all caught the bus back and caught the train home, having another long chat. Somehow the 7 of us didn’t feel like a Christian group for some reason, didn’t have the atmosphere and we didn’t talk about church or anything…T.T” But it’s just good to know that we were all Christians and that we all managed to gather, and were also willing to gather again for CBS for O-week; haha good to make new friends in Christ!
But just one last note about that stupid bus incident, I will give my own personal input. I was about to butt in too and yell at the man because I was losing my patience at his stupidity. I was going to tell him that if he were going to sleep on the bus, you’re taking that risk of losing your own belongings and if that ever happens then it’s your own fault! You can’t blame anyone else because you could’ve prevented the theft, by not sleeping, duh! How stupid do people get? But oh well this is the world we live in *sigh* Still a fairly exciting and fruitful day!